Grand Raid des Pyrénées 18 au 22 août 2021

Rules edition 2021

1 – ORGANISATION 

The Association MAJUSCHULE  (Association law 1901 registered on 01/14/2008 at the Prefecture of Haute Garonne under the number W313008309), hereinafter referred to as the Organiser, is organizing ‘Le Grand Raid des Pyrénées' on August 18th, 19th20th, 21stet 22nd 2021. 

2 – PARTICIPATION  

These races are open to anyone, male or female, born before December 31th 2001 (Junior to Veteran categories) either licensed or not. 

It is important that the participants who register are aware of the difficulties of the course and the conditions they can find (length of the route, height difference, bad weather conditions, part of the night race, etc.). This requires on their part a good physical preparation and a capacity of autonomy to ensure their success in this type of individual adventure. 

ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES AND ETHICS OF THE RACE 

Participation in the GRP events implies express and unreserved acceptance of these rules, the ethics of the event and any instructions sent by the organizer to participants. 

4 – EVENTS : 

The Grand Raid des Pyrénées consists of 7 versions :  

  • Ultra 220 km: 220 km - 600 participants – max 72hrs, (starting Thursday at 6am) – D+ 13000 m 
  • Ultra 160 km: 160 km - 600 participants – max 49hrs, (starting Friday at 5am) – D+ 10000 m 
  • Tour des Cirques: 120 km - 800 participants – max 43hrs (starting Friday at 11am) – D+ 7000 m 
  • Tour des Lacs: 80 km - 1 500 participants – max 25hrs (départ le samedi à 5h) – D+ 5000 m 
  • Tour du Moudang: 60 km - 900 participants – max 20hrs (starting Thursday at 7am) – D+ 3600 m 
  • Tour de la Gela: 40 km - 800 participants – max 12hrs30 (starting Saturday at 6hr30am) – D+ 3200 
  • Tour du Néouvielle: 40 km - 1 200 participants – max 12hrs (starting Friday at 8am) – D+ 2300 m 

 And again this year : Le P'tit Tour for children (on Friday) 

The races take place individually, in a single stage at a free pace in a limited time. On each of the events, the participants must respect the highway code when the route is on public roads 

5 – SEMI SELF SUPPORTING 

The races take place on the principle of self-sufficiency and oblige the participants to be autonomous. However, aid stations (liquids and / or solids) are distributed over all the routes. These aid stations will be indicated in the road book which will be provided by the Organisation and put online on our website : 

https://www.grandraidpyrenees.com/en/ 

 Base stations (a hot dish is offered additionaly to the standard supply) 

For the ULTRA 220 km 3 base stations (km 60 Vielle-Aure, km 135 Pierrefitte, km 175 Luz) 
For the ULTRA 160 km 2 base stations (km 75 Pierrefitte et km 115 Luz). 
For the Tour des Cirques 120 km base station (km 72 Luz). 

 These base stations allow participants to rest  

At the aid stations, personal assistance (apart from medical or paramedical care) is allowed. This assistance (limited to only one person) must be provided within a perimeter of less than 50 meters (tune assistance zone) around the aid station. A hot shower is possible on arrival at Vielle-Aure. However, it is also possible to take a cold shower at Pierrefitte. 

Registration for one of the 7 races is firm and final. Every engagement is personal. No transfer of registration is authorised for any reason whatsoever. It is not possible to exchange your race bib with another participant registered on another GRP race version or not registered at all. Anyone returning his race bib to a third party will be held responsible in the event of an accident occurring or caused by the latter during the event. Anyone with a race bib acquired in violation of these rules will be disqualified. The race bib must be fully legible during the race. The organisation declines all responsibility in the event of an accident in this type of situation. 

Anyone without race bib is not allowed to go with a participant along the race track. 

 6 – SIGNAGE 

The signposts for the various races are put in place in the days preceding the event. They allow participants to follow the planned route without the need for maps or descriptions. 

They will be removed by race closing volunteers who will leave each of the checkpoints at the scheduled time cut-off.  

CautionAs a result, it is recommended that participants who want to rest, sleep by the side of the path, as the race closing volunteers may not see the participants asleep during the signage removal. 

  REGISTRATION RULES 

To validate their registration, each participant must upload their medical certificate to their profile, when registering or by July the 31st 2021 at the latest. 

To validate the registration, foreign runners must use our model medical certificate. 

It can be sent to us by email or downloaded directly. 

Runners whose medical certificate will not yet be dowloaded  in late May will receive a message in early June reminding them that they still have to finalize their registration. The information will be put online on the race website, in the registration section, each runner can keep informed of their file by consulting the site. 

Runners whose medical certificate has not been downloaded at the end of May will receive a message in early June reminding them to download it before the deadline. After the deadline of July the 3rd, 2021 it will no longer be possible to download it. The registration will be cancelled without refund, unless duly justified by an email sent to the Organization

 contact@grandraidpyrenees.com 

In this case, the runner will be informed of the cancellation of his registration by email. 

Each registrant can verify their registration on the website: www.grandraidpyrenees.com 

 CAUTION 
No race bib will be issued in the absence of the medical certificate.  

  • Following the amendment of the French Athletics Federation (FFA) regulations, all medical certificates must be provided in French. Foreign runners must use the model medical certificate provided by the Organization. 
  • Any certificate not translated into French will be refused. The official GRP Medical Certificate form is available on the GRP website 

https://www.grandraidpyrenees.com/en/ 

 The medical certificate must contain: 

  • The complete and legible contact details of the doctor with his stamp and his professional reference (Adeli, Rpps or Finess, etc), it must be legibly dated of less than one year from the date of the race, therefore after August 23, 2020 and signed by the doctor. The GRP model in 3 languages is available to riders on the website. 
  • The mention « authorization or not contraindication to the practice of running in competition » or « authorization or not contraindication to the practice of all sports in competition » is mandatory. 

8 – REGISTRATION (terms, rights and closure) 

Registration for the 2021 edition of the Grand Raid des Pyrénées will be done only through the race website. No registration by email, telephone or paper is allowed. 

The runner receives a first email summarizing his registration as soon as it is validated by the payment. He also receives proof of his payment. 

The runner who does not receive these 2 messages must write to the following address as soon as possible : 

contact@grandraidpyrenees.com 

All the information will be posted on the race website, in the entries section and on the homepage, each participant will have to keep informed of the status of his file by visiting the website : 

 https://www.grandraidpyrenees.com/en/ 

 Registration is final when the medical certificate has been validated. 

Registrations are closed when the limits for the number of runners detailed above are reached and no later than June 30th, 2021 

The runner also undertakes to provide the medical certificate as indicated above, before July 15, 2021. 

 ENTRY FEES : 

From the opening of registrations until April the 30th 2021 

  • Ultra Tour 220 km  :  220 euros 
  • Ultra tour 160 km  :  163 euros 
  • Tour des Cirques 120 km132 euros 
  • Tour des Lacs 80 km  :  94 euros 
  • Tour du Moudang 60 km  :  68 euros 
  • Tour de la Gela 40 km   :  49 euros 
  • Tour du Néouvielle 40 km  :  46 euros 

From May 1st 2021 until June 30th 2021 

  • Ultra Tour 220 km  :  264 euros 
  • Ultra tour 160 km  :  195 euros 
  • Tour des Cirques 120 km  :  158 euros 
  • Tour des Lacs 80 km  :  112 euros 
  • Tour du Moudang 60 km  :  81 euros 
  • Tour de la Gela 40 km  :  58 euros 
  • Tour du Néouvielle 40 km  :  55 euros 

10 – CANCELLATION OF AN ENTRY – for foreign runners: 

Any request for cancellation of registration must be sent no later than July 13th, 20201, by email to the address contact@grandraidpyrenees.com 

Until June the 15th 2021, any cancellation request will be taken into account according to the reimbursement conditions indicated below. 

Beyond June the 15th, 2021 at 12 p.m., the cancellation request will only be taken into account for the following reasons: 

  • An accident, serious illness or the death of the entrant., 
  • A serious illness requiring hospitalization or death affecting their spouse or known partner, ascendants or descendants in the first degree, in the thirty days preceding the event. For other causes of cancellation, proof must be provided by a certificate issued and duly signed by the competent authority. 

In all cases, you must provide the original of a medical certificate attesting to the contraindication to participate in the race or a copy of the death certificate. The Organisation reserves the right to exceptionally modify these criteria for accepting a cancellation request in other cases, depending on the circumstances 

The refund of registration fees will be made according to the following rates  

 

Posting date of the request  Percentage Amount reimbursed* 
Before midnight June 15th  80 % 
From June 16th to midnight July 12th   40 % 
July 13th and afterwards  0 % 

Refunds are made no later than two months after the event 

11 – EQUIPEMENT 

Mandatory equipment for participants : 

Ultra Tour 220Ultra Tour 160, Tour des CirquesTour des Lacs and Tour du Moudang  

  • Personal cup for drinking liquids (water, coke and soup) at the aid stations 
  • Minimum water reserve 1.5 liters 
  • Food reserves 
  • Two torches in good working order with spare batteries 
  • Survival blanket (minimum 2 m²) 
  • Whistle 
  • Adhesive elastic band for bandaging or strapping 
  • Waterproof and breathable jacket, membrane type or coating (at least 10000 schmerber) (KWAY type jackets or poncho not accepted) 
  • Long pants or running tights or three-quarter length shorts with rising socks (This solution is accepted only if the legs can be fully covered) 
  • Cap or equivalent 
  • Long sleeve warm clothing, serving as a second layer between the t-shirt and the waterproof jacket (e.g. fleece or other warm technical clothing) (*) 
  • gloves completely covering the hands (mittens accepted) (*) 

 (*): The Organiser may decide before the start of the race to make this equipment recommended and no longer mandatory (typically based on weather forecast). This announcement will be made at the time of the race briefing. 

Tour du Néouvielle and Tour de la Gela  

  • Personal cup for drinking liquids (water, coke and soup) at the aid stations 
  • Minimum water reserve 1.5 litres 
  • Food reserves 
  • Survival blanket (minimum 2 m²) 
  • Whistle 
  • Waterproof and breathable jacket, membrane type or coating (at least 10000 schmerber) (KWAY type jackets or poncho not accepted) 

Recommanded Equipment (Liste not exhaustive) 

  • Mobile phone 
  • compass, route map, roadbook 
  • gloves, hat, warm clothing essential in bad weather conditions. 
  • telescopic walking poles 
  • change of clothes 
  • suncream, vaseline or anti-rub cream 

During course for safety reasons, according to the decision of the Organisation, control should be performed. Any participant called for a control is required to submit to it. In case of refusal, the participant will be disqualified. 

 Some participants may, depending on the decision of the Organisation, be equipped with a GPS tracking beacon (weight: approximately 200g). The participant must keep the tag on him until his arrival and return it to the Organisation. In case of abandonment, the participant will return it to the controller at the checkpoint, or bring back it to the Organisation at the race control center. Any refusal to carry this tag in his bag will be subject to immediate disqualification. 

12  RACE BIB 

When collecting the race bibs, the presentation of a photo ID is required. 

A check of the mandatory equipment will be done and the Organiser will prohibit any participant who does not present the compulsory equipment from starting, without possibility of reimbursement. A declaration to keep this equipment with you during the whole race and to respect the instructions for the preservation of nature and more particularly of the core area of the Pyrenees National Park will be signed by each participant. 

The race bib is to be placed on the chest, the stomach or the leg, but imperatively on the front side of the participant, in order to be fully visible permanently during the whole race and allow easy registration by volunteers at checkpoints. The wearing of this race bib on the bag or on the back of the participant is not authorised. 

When the race bib is given, a welcome gift will be given to each participant. 

 13 – DELEGATION FOR BIB COLLECTION 

In case of race bib collection by a delegate, the participant's identity document will be required at the start of the race. 

Any request for collection by a delegate must be declared in the registration file by completing the power of attorney provided and downloading a copy of the designated third party's ID. The the bag of mandatory equipment must be presented in its entirety when the race bib is collected over and the designated third party must present their own ID at the same time. 

14 – RUNNING BAGS for Ultra Tour 220Ultra Tour 160 and Tour des Cirques 

When collecting the race bib, some base station bags (3 for Ultra Tour 220, 2 for Ultra Tour 160 and 1 for Tour des Cirques) with a capacity of 30 litres each are given as well as the necessary labels with his race bib number allowing him to identify each bag. After preparing their belongings, the participant must deposit his fully closed bag(s) between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Vielle-Aure reception centre. Putting walking sticks in a bag is strictly prohibited. 

The bags given to the participants (and containing the participant’s spare personal belongings) are taken from Vielle-Aure, on the respective life bases of each race. 

When a participant arrives at a base station, he must imperatively collect his bag. When he leaves this base, he must deposit it in the place provided by the Organisation. When the last base station is closed, the participants’ bags are returned to Vielle-Aure. They are returned on presentation of the race bib, at the place of arrival of the race from Saturday at 8p.m. until Sunday at 10a.m. 

As no verification of the bags will be made before departure, it is not possible to challenge the contents of the bags recovered. The Organiser disclaims all responsibility in the event of loss. It is recommended that participants do not leave any valuables in these bags. 

15 – CHECK POINTS AND AID STATIONS 

Check points and aid stations are distributed along the route. Only participants with a visible race bib will have access to the aid stations. Accompanying person is allowed to access the aid stations of the 3 base stations only (only 1 accompanying person per participant so as not to clutter up the base stations). Accompanying persons are not allowed to enter in the aid stations as well as to run along the course with the participants. 

The participant is also prohibited from getting into any vehicle during the entire race even in the 50-metre zone of the aid stations  

16 – SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE 

The aid stations are intended to provide assistance to any person in danger with the means available to the Organisation or supporting teams. 

The official doctors are empowered to disqualify (by invalidating the race bib) any participant unfit to continue the event. Doctors and nurses are empowered to have participants whom they deem in danger evacuated by any means at their convenience. 

If necessary, for reasons always in the interest of the person being rescued, official Mountain Rescue will be called upon, who will then take charge of operations and implement all appropriate means, including included helicopter evacuation. 

A participant calling on a doctor or a nurse submits to their authority and undertakes to accept their decisions. 

 17 – MAXIMUM AUTHORISED TIME AND TIME LIMITS  

The maximum time for the event, for the entire course, is set at:  

  • Ultra Tour 220 km:  72 hrs 
  • Ultra tour 160 km:49 heures 
  • Tour des Cirques 120 km : 43 hrs 
  • Tour des Lacs 80 km: 25 hrs 
  • Tour du Moudang 60 km 20 hrs 
  • Tour de la Gela 40 km : 12 hrs 30 
  • Tour du Néouvielle 40 km : 12 hrs 

 The latest departure times (time barriers) of the main checkpoints will be defined and communicated in the road book. A link will be placed on the home page of our website. 

https://www.grandraidpyrenees.com/fr/ 

These time barriers are calculated to allow participants to reach the finish in the maximum time allowed, while making possible stops (rest, meals …). To be authorised to continue the event, the participants must leave the checkpoint before the time limit set. For some checkpoints, a time barrier is also set up at the entrance to the checkpoint (see roadbook). 

Any participant excluded from the race will have their race bib removed and will not be allowed to continue their course. If, despite everything, the person decides to continue hiking, he does so on his own responsibility. 

 18 – ABANDONING 

In case of abandonment, the participant must obligatorily notify the person in charge of the nearest checkpoint and return his race bib there. The person responsible for the checkpoint permanently invalidates the race bib by recovering it. 

Participants who abandon at a checkpoint or aid station and whose state of health does not require an emergency evacuation must by their own means go to a repatriation point as soon as possible and at the latest before the departure of the last repatriation. 

 In case of non-compliance with this obligation, the participant relinquishes their responsibility towards the Organiser. 

19 – PENALTIES – DISQUALIFICATION 

By registering for one of the 7 races, the runners agree to : 

  • Respect the environment 
  • Follow the course without cutting the trails 
  • Do not use transportation 
  • Do not throw rubbish on the course 
  • Register at all checkpoints 
  • Wear the race bib on their front and visible during the entire event 
  • Carry the compulsory equipment with them during the whole event 
  • Assist any participant in difficulty 
  • Be examined by a doctor and respect their decision 
  • Be respectful to everyone on the course 

 Failure to comply with any of these rules by a participant may result in immediate disqualification or the application of a penalty, after a decision by the jury for the event, without any possibility of appealing this penalty. 

20 – ANTI-DOPING CONTROL 

Any participant may be subjected to a doping control before, during or at the finish of the event. In the event of refusal or abstention, the participant will be sanctioned in the same way as if he were convinced of doping. 

 21 – RACE JURY AND APPEALS 

The race jury is composed by: 

  • The Organising Committee 
  • The medical team present on the race 
  • The persons in charge of the relevant check points 

 Appeals are accepted in writing within 30 minutes of the posting of the provisional rankings. 

 22 – MODIFICATIONS OF THE ROUTE OR TIME LIMITS AND CANCELLATION OF THE EVENT 

For safety reasons, in particular in the event of extreme weather conditions, the Organiser reserves the right to delay the start of the races by up to 4 hours, to stop the races or to modify the routes and the time barriers, even to cancel the races without notice, without the participants being able to claim any compensation or reimbursement of the registration fees. 

In the event of force majeure or an administrative decision forcing the Organiser to cancel the event, only part of the registration fees actually collected may be reimbursed according to the budget remaining after having covered all the costs already incurred by the Organiser. 

The reimbursement terms will, in this case, be explained on the race website. 

23 – INSURANCE/RESPONSIBILITY 

In accordance with current legislation, the Organiser has taken out insurance covering the financial consequences of its civil liability, that of its volunteers and that of all participants in the event. With regard to the civil liability of the participants themselves, the above-mentioned insurance policy will only cover accidents caused to third parties by the participants during the event. 

Licensed participants benefit from the guarantees granted by the insurance linked to their license and it is the responsibility of other participants to take out personal insurance. 

Consequently, participants are strongly advised to take out individual accident insurance covering their own risks. This type of insurance can, for example, be taken out with the French Athletics Federation. 

In case of abandonment or disqualification (by the Organisation or the medical team) the responsibility of the Organisation is released. 

24 – RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT 

By registering for one of the Grand Raid des Pyrenees, participants agree to respect the environment and the natural areas that they will cross. 

 In particular :  

  • The runners must not deviate from the path marked by the organisation, 
  • They should not cut the zig-zags, 
  • They must respect the environment crossed 
  • They should not throw their rubbish on the ground, 
  • They must transport their rubbish to the next aid station located in a building 
  • They should not make noise that could disturb wildlife 
  • No disposable and non-biodegradable plates and cutlery will be supplied at the aid stations. Eco-cups will therefore be compulsory for cold or hot liquids.   

25 – RESULTS AND PRIZES 

For the 7 races, only the participants arriving at Vielle-Aure will be classified and for each race a general classification for men and women will be established. 

The age categories will have a separate classification for the different events (Juniors, Seniors, Veteran 1, Veteran 2 and Veteran 3). The first 3 in each category will receive prizes. 

26 – IMAGE RIGHTS 

All participants expressly renounce their image rights during the event, as they renounce any recourse against the Organiser and its approved partners for the use made of their image. 

They authorise the Organiser to take, reproduce and communicate to the public photographs taken within the framework of the edition of the Great Raid des Pyrenees. The photographs and films may be exploited and used directly by the Association MAJUSCHULE and by its approved partners, in any form and any medium known and unknown to date, worldwide, without limitation of duration, in full or in extracts. 

The Association expressly refrains from a use of the photographs likely to infringe private life or reputation, or any other harmful exploitation. 

27 – PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA 

According to the Data Protection Act of August 6, 1978 (French law), and in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations (RGPD UE 2016/679), any competitor has the right to access and to correct data concerning them. 

The data is collected as part of a registration for one of the GRP races, for the needs of the Organisation, and in particular that of individually identifying each competitor in order to communicate to him before, during or after the event information related to their participation. 

The entirety of the participant’s data is kept for a period of 10 years, renewable with each registration, corresponding to the legal period of conservation of the medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of athletics or running in competition, or sports license. Beyond these 10 years, and unless express authorisation of the participant, all data is deleted except name, first name, date of birth, gender and nationality to maintain the rankings. 

Any participant can have access to personal data concerning them via their account. 

Any request to modify data can be made: 

  • By letter to the following address: 

Association Majuschule – GRP 
Service relation avec les coureurs 
63 rue Bellecombe 
69006 – LYON 

  • By email to the following address: contact@grandraidpyrenees.com 
  • Any request for access or modification of personal data will be processed as soon as possible after receipt of the request and within a maximum of 1 month.